Hodges, Albert George

Dates: 1893-1917

War Service: Albert George Hodges served as a Driver with the 3rd Reserve Brigade Royal Field Artillery and his service number was 46569. He died 4 July 1917 of heart failure.

Location of Memorial: He is buried in Brockley cemetery, where his name is recorded on the screen wall listing those whose graves have no headstone.

Details: Albert George Hodges was born on 31st July 1893 to William and Mary Elizabeth Hodges. He was baptised on 10th September 1893 at St Marks Church, Camberwell.

In 1901 he was recorded living at 6 Calmington Street, Camberwell with his parents and siblings William, Lilian and Emily. In 1911 he was recorded living with his widowed mother, Mary, at 17 Sommerville Road, New Cross with his sister, Lilian Elizabeth, and brother William John. He was employed as a warehouse man at a fancy goods store.

His service record records that he was 5ft 4 ΒΌ inches tall with brown hair, grey eyes and a sallow complexion. He had a scar on his lower right jaw and a mole on his left shoulder. At the time of his enlistment he was employed as a shop assistant and his home address was given as 17 Sommerville Road, New Cross. His military character was good and he was said to be hardworking.

His service record also records that he was anaemic and poorly developed with a marked heart murmur and his heart was dilated. It was noted he was a thin flat chested man with sallow skin. He also had re-occurring bouts of tonsillitis. He initially tried to enlist in September 1914 but was rejected due to his heart problem. He was eventually passed fit for service in November 1914.

He was discharged 20 April 1916 due to being no longer physically fit for active service.

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